|Good News - April 2018
The Dave-I’m-Stealing-Your-Title Article
Community, welcome to the workings of my brain during the insanity we call Holy
Week. I want to give you a preview of what’s coming up for our Easter worship
series, as it has played out in so many ways during the weeks previous – “Life
This is a series
on focus. This is a series on how we wade through not the information age that
everybody tends to call it, but the attention deficit age. A few months ago, as
I started working with the web developer on redesigning our website, I reminded
myself of a scary truth – the site has seven (7) seconds to catch somebody’s
attention before they will leave. I learned that fact about 4 years ago. Today,
that time has probably dropped by a few seconds.
So how do we
keep sane in a world where everything is screaming for our attention? That’s
what this series is going to address, so forgive me if I recycle some of these
lines during the next month (consider this your spoiler alert!). Here’s a few
your phone on Do Not Disturb. If you don’t have a cell phone, unplug your
landline (same thing). I have been studying the techniques of a “superlearner”
lately, and he recently told the story how he accidentally forgot to disable
the “do not disturb” function on his phone one day. He got more done in that 8
hours than he did the entire previous week. I’ve seen similar results myself.
Right now, I have the door closed, my noise cancelling headphones cranking out
my writing music, and I even shut off the third monitor on my desk (gasp!). And
even with a special keyboard, I can’t type fast enough to get all the ideas
working on one thing for 20-30
minutes, and then give yourself a break. That means one…1…numero uno…thing.
It’s been said that any time we move between tasks, it can take up to 15
minutes to get back in the groove of whatever we are doing. Multiply that 15
minutes by however many times ANYTHING interrupts you, and you can quickly see
how time gets away and we feel like we don’t get anything done. Focus intensely
on that one task for a short period, give yourself a break, and repeat.
that some things will require extra-long focus. For instance, I can’t write a
sermon in 25 minutes (maybe one section). But when Thursday afternoon arrives
and I know I need to get it done, I have to separate myself for 2-3 hours,
focus deeply, and crank it out. You may have a project or task that will
require the same block of time. Try to set up that time, so you can get it all
done at once.
I hope this gives you something to chew
on. Want some more ideas? Hang with us on Sunday mornings during April. There’s
lots to come!